Prevent Employee Burnout


Motivated employees are assets and the keys to success for companies.  However, it’s important to remember that they are not machines.   They can feel pressure, be overwhelmed, or even worse, be burned out – all of which will have a negative impact on the company.  But, how can you tell if your company is suffering from employee burnout? The most telltale signs of burnout include a decline in productivity. It is most noticeable when a highly productive employee starts producing mediocre work. Lateness, leaving exactly on-time, leaving work early, prolonged/excessive breaks, and increasing absences are the most common actions of burnedout employees.

More than likely many employers recognize these behaviors in their company at this very moment.  The good news is, there are some actions that can be taken today to mitigate these behaviors and help to prevent employee burnout over the long run.  These actions involve employee scheduling, employee training, employee rights, employee performance, employee time, employee incentives, and regular evaluation.

Employee scheduling:
Rotating or offering a degree of flexibility in an employee’s schedule may help to refresh your employees.  Many employees today struggle with work-life balance and commitments while trying to adhere to a strict work schedule.  There are others who are simply more productive at different times of the day.  Therefore, consult with your employees to determine if an alternate schedule can be accommodated to benefit both the company and individual.  This will significantly reduce stress and pressure on your employees.

Employee Training:
Provide training on areas that interest and help your employees. If your business is all about technology, train your employees on new programs or applications. A fashion or entertainment business would do well to conduct image consultancy and development training for its employees. Writers would benefit from writing workshops. Aside from breaking the monotony of their daily schedule, the employees and your company would also benefit from this move. You will have more trained and confident employees that are motivated to put their training to good use. Also, widen employees’ responsibilities or cross train them. Have them handle other projects than their regular work to challenge them.

Employee Rights, Incentives, and Time:
Convene with your employees and discuss with them their rights and the incentives they would get if the company performs well. They would get a big boost from being reminded and knowing that the company’s future depends on them and their productivity. Give them employee time or a break from work. Declare a company holiday and treat your employees to an outing. A change of pace would refresh and energize them for another work season. In addition, they would feel that they are important to the company and that they are rewarded for their efforts. Nothing boosts a person’s morale more than praise and reward.

Employee Performance and Regular Evaluation:
Conduct regular performance evaluations to monitor employee performance. Reward good employees to encourage them to continue optimal performance. Encourage poor performers with training, support and an assurance that the company, and you, as their employer, would help them in coping with their workload. Present employees with career growth plans and individual development plans that detail how their skills can be optimized or lead to future career options within the company.

Try these simple motivation methods and see how they can benefit your company.  For more information, please contact us for assistance.

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